SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program totaling up to $23.4 million over the next 5 years. The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for young children by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 9 grantees with up to $500,000 per year for up to five years. The application due date is June 29, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (EST).
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) State Education Agency grants totaling up to $210 million over the next five years. The purpose of this program is to build or expand the capacity of State Educational Agencies, in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies overseeing school-aged youth and local education agencies, to: (1) increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth; (2) provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health issues; and (3) connect school-aged youth, who may have behavioral health issues (including serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness) and their families to needed services. The application due date is June 4, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (EST).
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Mental Health Awareness Training grants (Short Title: MHAT) totaling up to $47.4 million over the next three years.The purpose of this program is to: (1) train individuals (e.g., school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness and/or serious emotional disturbance; (2) establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services; (3) train emergency services personnel, veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques; and (4) educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder. The application due date is June 8, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (EST).
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (Short Title: Native Connections) totaling up to $37.5 million over the next 5 years. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native youth through the age of 24 years. The application due date is June 22, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (EST).
A new report indicates that nearly half (46 percent) of the nation's children from birth through 17 years of age report having experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. The Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences report is based on data from Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) which provides national and state level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being.
SAMHSA and the Administration for Community Living, together with the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, invite you to the first National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day. This discussion is designed to raise public awareness about the mental health of older Americans and spur action to address the needs of this population. HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., along with HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging, Lance Robertson, will provide opening remarks.
Join SAMHSA for a webinar to celebrate the month of May, which is designated as National Military Appreciation Month, Older Americans Month, and Mental Health Month. This webinar will offer information to help community service providers understand the behavioral health needs of older veterans, identify resources for which older veterans may be eligible, and discuss recent federal initiatives to coordinate mental health services with services for the elderly and veterans.
This educational webinar, hosted by the SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services, explores AOT—a strategy that involves petitioning courts to order individuals experiencing serious mental illness to enter and remain in community-based treatment for a specific period of time.
The opioid crisis is a national issue and primary target for national prevention and the SAMHSA Prevention Learning Community will present information via a subject matter expert panel to address the issues regarding trends, research, policy, social impact and highlights of best practices all attendees can utilize to enhance prevention programs at the national, regional, state, tribal and local level. The event will serve an important role in enhancing collaboration and prevention efforts to build capacity and promote health and wellness for all communities.